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A Changemaking Vision for Local Government

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:11:40 GMT2017-11-22T16:11:40Z

At a time of intense financial pressures and when central government’s mind is on other things, many are asking themselves where local government goes next. In a think-piece launching NLGN’s new vision, Adam Lent and Jessica Studdert call for councils to embrace a bold ‘changemaking’ approach focused on the core values of creativity, collaboration and […]

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Budget 2017: The only certainty for local government is continued uncertainty

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:09:57 GMT2017-11-22T16:09:57Z

This article was first published in Civil Service World. The Budget was a mixed bag for local government. Councils face financial uncertainty after 2020, with grant funding still reducing, the definition of “fair funding” still pending and the prospect of business rates retention still dangling. The Chancellor recognised the priority to give businesses the ability […]

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Budget 2017: The only certainty for local government is continued uncertainty

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:09:57 GMT2017-11-22T16:09:57Z

This article was first published in Civil Service World. The Budget was a mixed bag for local government. Councils face financial uncertainty after 2020, with grant funding still reducing, the definition of “fair funding” still pending and the prospect of business rates retention still dangling. The Chancellor recognised the priority to give businesses the ability […]

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An agenda-shifting Budget – if a little underwhelming

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:46:20 GMT2017-11-22T15:46:20Z

This was first published in the MJ This was the moment a British government finally got serious about the most pressing social problem facing the UK: our dysfunctional housing market. It is an issue on which a long line of Prime Ministers and chancellors have talked loudly while wielding a rather small policy stick. Today […]

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An agenda-shifting Budget – if a little underwhelming

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:46:20 GMT2017-11-22T15:46:20Z

This was first published in the MJ This was the moment a British government finally got serious about the most pressing social problem facing the UK: our dysfunctional housing market. It is an issue on which a long line of Prime Ministers and chancellors have talked loudly while wielding a rather small policy stick. Today […]

The post An agenda-shifting Budget – if a little underwhelming appeared first on New Local Government Network.




The Public Sector Reform Recipe for Success

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:00:34 GMT2017-11-13T09:00:34Z

In 2012, the Institute for Fiscal Studies said that Wigan Council was the third worst affected council by austerity in the UK. We realised that we couldn’t continue to operate as we were. We also knew that by simply closing a few libraries, changing bin collections and reducing school crossing patrols we weren’t going to […]

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The Public Sector Reform Recipe for Success

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:00:34 GMT2017-11-13T09:00:34Z

In 2012, the Institute for Fiscal Studies said that Wigan Council was the third worst affected council by austerity in the UK. We realised that we couldn’t continue to operate as we were. We also knew that by simply closing a few libraries, changing bin collections and reducing school crossing patrols we weren’t going to […]

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Improving outcomes and influencing behaviour using data

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:07:49 GMT2017-11-10T17:07:49Z

Data is a powerful tool. Technology and digitalisation are playing a growing role in the delivery of improved service efficiency by linking data from a variety of sources. For councils, harnessing meaningful data and turning it into actionable outcomes can help deliver more efficient, vibrant and sustainable communities. Leeds City Council is a forward thinking […]

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Improving outcomes and influencing behaviour using data

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:07:49 GMT2017-11-10T17:07:49Z

Data is a powerful tool. Technology and digitalisation are playing a growing role in the delivery of improved service efficiency by linking data from a variety of sources. For councils, harnessing meaningful data and turning it into actionable outcomes can help deliver more efficient, vibrant and sustainable communities. Leeds City Council is a forward thinking […]

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Nudging along more effective services

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 08:00:02 GMT2017-10-05T08:00:02Z

Financial constraints and demographic pressures mean councils are increasingly shifting their role from service deliverers to service enablers. Councils and communities are beginning to work more closely together and will need to become more collaborative, creative and self-determined. As this happens, it will be important to understand better what motivates communities and what influences how […]

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Nudging along more effective services

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 08:00:02 GMT2017-10-05T08:00:02Z

Financial constraints and demographic pressures mean councils are increasingly shifting their role from service deliverers to service enablers. Councils and communities are beginning to work more closely together and will need to become more collaborative, creative and self-determined. As this happens, it will be important to understand better what motivates communities and what influences how […]

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Are we prepared for the looming tech revolution?

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:15:02 GMT2017-09-13T13:15:02Z

Elysium is a big star sci-fi action movie from 2013, which even its director admitted was pretty mediocre. But in among the one-dimensional characters and gore-filled explosions there is one short scene that stands out. Sent to see his parole officer, the petty criminal played by Matt Damon is confronted by a decrepit ventriloquist’s dummy […]

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Are we prepared for the looming tech revolution?

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:15:02 GMT2017-09-13T13:15:02Z

Elysium is a big star sci-fi action movie from 2013, which even its director admitted was pretty mediocre. But in among the one-dimensional characters and gore-filled explosions there is one short scene that stands out. Sent to see his parole officer, the petty criminal played by Matt Damon is confronted by a decrepit ventriloquist’s dummy […]

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Britons need to walk more – but their cities aren’t set up for it

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:08:16 GMT2017-09-06T11:08:16Z

An evidence review by Public Health England (PHE) hit the headlines last week, after the government agency found that a large chunk of middle aged adults are doing little to no exercise on a regular basis. According to PHE, 41 per cent of middle aged adults in England (defined as those aged 40-60) walk less […]

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Britons need to walk more – but their cities aren’t set up for it

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:08:16 GMT2017-09-06T11:08:16Z

An evidence review by Public Health England (PHE) hit the headlines last week, after the government agency found that a large chunk of middle aged adults are doing little to no exercise on a regular basis. According to PHE, 41 per cent of middle aged adults in England (defined as those aged 40-60) walk less […]

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Government must invest in early help as it does in infrastructure

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 09:04:13 GMT2017-09-06T09:04:13Z

The pressure on the chancellor to ease austerity is intensifying by the day, with increasingly noisy calls for a more doveish approach from within his own party. This nervousness seems to reflect a growing popular anxiety about the impact real-terms cuts of 20-30% have had on some basic services. The focus for this pressure has […]

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Should local government be concerned about recent trend change in its reserves balance?

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:04:24 GMT2017-08-31T16:04:24Z

In 2013, Eric Pickles accused local government of ‘hypocrisy’ for ‘pleading poverty when they have trebled their cash reserves over the last decade’.1 But last week, DCLG released data on local authority spending and financing in England which reveals a rather different picture. The data release also reveals an interesting trend of increasing self-sufficiency in […]

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Should local government be concerned about recent trend change in its reserves balance?

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:04:24 GMT2017-08-31T16:04:24Z

In 2013, Eric Pickles accused local government of ‘hypocrisy’ for ‘pleading poverty when they have trebled their cash reserves over the last decade’.1 But last week, DCLG released data on local authority spending and financing in England which reveals a rather different picture. The data release also reveals an interesting trend of increasing self-sufficiency in […]

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The international series: Local government in France

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:12:30 GMT2017-08-18T11:12:30Z

French government is stereotypically synonymous with strong centralisation and hierarchical structure. This means a comparatively weaker role for local authorities, with France ranked as the 13th least decentralised in the OECD with regards to public spending, and even a slight mistrust of local government. The United Kingdom isn’t far behind, however, ranking as the OECD’s […]

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The international series: Local government in France

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:12:30 GMT2017-08-18T11:12:30Z

French government is stereotypically synonymous with strong centralisation and hierarchical structure. This means a comparatively weaker role for local authorities, with France ranked as the 13th least decentralised in the OECD with regards to public spending, and even a slight mistrust of local government. The United Kingdom isn’t far behind, however, ranking as the OECD’s […]

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